Acupressure to Induce labor

Using acupressure to induce labor is one of the most effective, and most pleasant, methods of natural labor induction. It is similar to using reflexology to induce labor or visiting a chiropractor for an adjustment.


To use acupressure as a method to induce labor, there are two pressure points that can be stimulated to produce contractions. They are located:


  • In the webbing of the thumb and index finger.
  • Four finger-widths above the inside of your ankle bone.


To stimulate the first pressure point, pinch the webbing of your hand and rub in a circular motion for 30-60 seconds at a time, taking a 1-2 minute break in between contractions. For the latter point, press firmly on the spot. It should feel sore if you've found the right spot. Press and rub in a circular motion until you have a contraction. When the contraction ends, begin again.


Using acupressure to induce labor will not be successful unless the body is already close to labor. Exert caution when using this or any other natural labor induction technique only after 41 weeks of pregnancy.


REFERENCES

Smith CA, Crowther CA. Acupuncture for induction of labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2004, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD002962. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002962.pub2.


Smith CA, Collins CT, Cyna AM, Crowther CA. Complementary and alternative therapies for pain management in labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2006, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD003521. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003521.pub2.


Jewell D, Young G. Interventions for nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2003, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD000145. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000145.
Beal MW. Acupuncture and acupressure. Applications to women's reproductive health care. J Nurse Midwifery 1999;44:217-30.


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